December 30, 2011 - Today my daughter is working, but not at home or in her office at Team Disney, but is working the day in Animal Kingdom. When she first came down here on the College Program, she worked for 6 months in Animal Kingdom - at Conservation Station in Rafiki's Planet Watch (a name it took while she was working there). We haven't yet been to Animal Kingdom, so my wife and I decide to go there today. My daughter will text us when she knows where she will be assigned, and if possible we will try to see her.
When we exit the safari, my wife wants to head towards Chester & Hester's Dinoland where she can play a carnival game or two. On the way we pass Flame Tree and immediately spot my daughter standing at the head of the queue, available to help any guest with information or a look at the menu. We talk briefly and make up where and when to meet when she finishes work for the day. We arrive at Dinoland where my wife wins a dragon, and then head out of the park for our mid-afternoon reservation for tea at the Grand Floridian.
(Pictures from our day at Animal Kingdom can be seen here.)
(See the pictures from our trip on Characters in Flight by clicking here.)
We pick up my daughter's husband as this evening we will be doing something that we have never done before. The Gaylord Palms hotel, inspired by a Chinese ice sculpture festival has one of its own each year. The convention center is refrigerated to a chilly 10°F (-12°C) and The Gaylord Palms brings over a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China. The talented artisans spend
more than a month in Kissimmee/Orlando creating this one-of-a-kind
attraction. Harbin is best known for its annual International Ice and
Snow Festival, where more than 2,000 sculptors annually carve a 100-acre
walk-through ice park, using ice from the nearby Songhua River.
(Pictures of ICE! at the Gaylord Palms can be seen here.)
Dinner caps off the day and then we prepare for New Years Eve day ... our final full day here.